Ottawa, Ontario — Central Canada
Irish Nicholas Sparks (b.1792) was from Darragh, County Wexford. He came "up river" 1816 to work for the founding Wrights of Hull. In 1826 he acquired Philemon Wright Jr.'s widow (Sarah Olmstead) and her nine children (he and she were to have one son and two daughters): crossed to the south shore, and for £ 95 bought the 200 acres, and log cabin thereon, from the first patentee, John Burrows Honey. His household thus became the first in the swale which Col. John By made his campsite for the building of the Rideau Canal and "Bytown", the later city of Ottawa. Sparks was the first Ottawa owner expropriated for the Crown, Col. By taking 104 acres of the canal, which Sparks regained in 1848. He then cut Sparks Street through from Bank to Biddy's Lane (Elgin Street) and gave it to the city. He became our first subdivider, albeit a generous one. He also gave land for the Methodist Chapel; St. Andrew's Church of Scotland and Anglican Christ Church; and sites for the fire station, the gaol and court house, and two market places, one of which became the City Hall (in part, to-day's Centre for the Performing Arts). To assure broad 99 foot Wellington and Rideau Street, Sparks gave 66 feet for every 33 feet given by the Crown. He served on Bytown's Abortive Council, 1827; the first Town Council 1847; and the City of Ottawa Council 1854.
Location. 45° 25.411′ N, 75° 41.763′ W. Marker is in Ottawa, Ontario. Click for map. Marker is behind the bear near the intersection of Sparks Street Mall and Elgin Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 59 Sparks Street Mall, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5A0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lotta Hitschmanova, C.C. (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieutenant Colonel Charles-Michel d’Irumberry de Salaberry, CB (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant) (about 120 meters away); Sappers’ Bridge (about 120 meters away); The Rideau Canal (about 150 meters away); The Commissariat (about 150 meters away); Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada (about 150 meters away); Canada’s Capital (about 150 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Ottawa.
Also see . . .
1. Nicholas Sparks purchases land on the Ottawa River. (Submitted on July 27, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Nicholas Sparks and Sarah Olmstead. (Submitted on July 27, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Nicholas Sparks at Dictionary of Canadian Biography. (Submitted on July 27, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
4. A Brief History of Sparks Street Mall (Submitted on July 27, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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